With humans remaining indoors resulting in drastic drop in disturbance caused by their activities, wild animals are now venturing back in areas where they were once thriving before constructions and human activities took over.
One such scene was witnessed during the wee hours on Thursday when a lone elephant was seen venturing in the Har ki Paidi area where the jumbo also bathed in the Ganga.
Between 2 AM to 4 AM on Thursday, an elephant reached Har ki Paidi via the railway line of Bhagat Singh Chowk. Apart from CCTV footage, the policemen present at Har ki Paidi post also filmed the elephant.
The jumbo then took a dip in the Ganga river near Hanuman Ghat.
A local shopkeeper said that while he was asleep he was woken up by the sound of people shouting about the presence of the elephant. From a window, he then saw the pachyderm move from the Ganga, take the steps and then saunter on Subash Ghat and Har ki Paidi. The jumbo spent some time in the city before returning back to the jungle.
Haridwar divisional forest officer Akash Verma said that earlier two herds of elephants had moved towards the city at around 10 PM. These pachyderms were traced by the department.
Later, a lone elephant ventured in the Har ki Paidi area at around 2 AM.